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    is" twenty hours`sleeping" correct or "twenty hours sleeping"o.k.?

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    I'd use the apostrophe with the noun sleep:

    Twenty hours' sleep.

    With sleeping it isn't necessary:
    I spent twenty hours sleeping. :D

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    Quote Originally Posted by Anonymous
    is" twenty hours`sleeping" correct or "twenty hours sleeping"o.k.?
    I am going to dispute tradition in this case. Although it is considered as standard, I do not like the use of the possessive involving time or distance. "twenty hour's sleep" sets up the idea that the sleep belongs to the time. I would rephrase uses such as "two week's vacation" and "twenty hour's sleep" as "a two-week vacation" and "a twenty-hour sleep". That's just my personl preference.

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    Two weeks' <typo>

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    You're right. See I told you I don't use it!

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